It’s Friday, August 30th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Jonathan Clark
Sudan’s hostility to Christians
Sudan has been ranked as one of the worst nations for persecution against Christians who have suffered for decades under the brutal Islamic regime of dictator Omar al-Bashir.
The regime denied Christians the right to even build churches. In 2011, when the majority-Christian south gained its independence and became South Sudan, al-Bashir instituted Sharia Law. He also stopped Christian-backed non-governmental organizations from operating in the country.
Earlier this year, the military ousted al-Bashir after months of large-scale protests. Now the country is ruled under an 11-member council that was finalized last week, including military and civilian representatives who will pave the way for democratic elections.
Sudanese Pastor Mata Boutros Komi said, “At least now, our rulers are acknowledging Christians as part of this country. Christians have prayed for this change for decades. We are happy because this change has come.”
Daniel 2:21 says the Lord “changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
India’s Prime Minister insists on more population control
On India’s Independence Day on August 15, their Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a speech, calling for population control policies to contain what he calls a “reckless population explosion” in the country.
India’s population growth has been declining since the 1990’s, and the fertility rate has fallen to 2.2 in recent years, and may already be below the replacement rate.
Not only that, sex-selective abortions are estimated to have eliminated over 15 million girls from India’s population since 1990.
Is Trump about to bring 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan?
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, is reportedly very close to reaching an agreement with the Taliban.
The U.S. would pull 14,000 troops out of Afghanistan if the Taliban agrees not to use the country as a haven for international terrorism.
Vice President Pence: “The Bible stays!” in VA hospital
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the 101st American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In direct contrast to the hostility to religion of the Obama administration, listen to Vice President Pence’s powerful defense of religious liberty at the Veterans Administration.
PENCE: “As we meet the healthcare needs of our veterans, let me make you another promise: This administration will always make room for the spiritual needs of our heroes at the VA as well.
“You might’ve heard, even today, that there’s a lawsuit to remove a Bible that was carried in World War II from a Missing Man Table at a VA hospital in New Hampshire. There’s a lawsuit underway. It’s really no surprise because, under the last administration, VA hospitals were removing Bibles and even banning Christmas carols in an effort to be politically correct. But let me be clear: Under this administration, VA hospitals will not be religion-free zones. (Applause.)
“We will always respect the freedom of religion of every veteran of every faith. And my message to the New Hampshire VA hospital is: The Bible stays!”
Taylor Swift pushes the misnamed “Equality Act”
On Monday, pop star Taylor Swift performed at the annual MTV Video Music Awards and used the opportunity to push her support for the so-called “Equality Act.”
SWIFT: “Basically just says that we all just deserve equal rights under the law. I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures.”
The act would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN on Tuesday, “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all. However, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”
Surprise, surprise: There is no “gay” gene
Andrea Ganna, a biologist at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Finland, said they did scan “the entire human genome and found a handful — five to be precise — of locations that are clearly associated with whether a person reports in engaging in same-sex sexual behavior” and that these explain “considerably less than 1% of the variance in the self-reported same-sex sexual behavior.”
The researchers said other factors like environment, upbringing, and personality were much more likely to be associated with sexually perverted lifestyles.
The report, however, did not mention Psalm 51:5. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
Hurricane Dorian, now Category 4, will strike Florida this weekend
Hurricane Dorian is expected strike Florida and the northern Bahamas over the weekend as a very dangerous Category 4 storm.
The National Hurricane Center warns “there is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast” on Labor Day weekend.
Former homosexual: No such thing as a “gay” Christian
And finally, while stories have emerged recently of Christian influencers abandoning the faith and even supporting sexually perverted lifestyles, other stories are emerging of the exact opposite, showcasing God’s grace and redemption.
Former Hollywood designer Becket Cook recently came out with his story of how he came to Christ, leaving behind the fame, Hollywood success, and homosexuality as well.
Cook said he came to a point of complete emptiness in his life apart from God. Six months later in 2009, Cook encountered some Christians at a coffee shop who explained the Gospel to him for the first time. After going to church, he described it as a “Road to Damascus moment” followed by years of discipleship and Bible study.
Cook said he eschews the term “gay Christian,” having completely broken with his former sinful lifestyle: “It was entirely God’s grace upon me.”
His book is entitled, “A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption”.
1 Corinthians 6:11 says, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, August 30th in the year of our Lord 2019. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.